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Last week, Sen. John McCain lost his battle with cancer. Millions of Americans and a worldwide audience celebrated his life and mourned his death.

At his funeral service last week, most of the speakers, from both parties, including former presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama, current and former legislators and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger spoke with one voice, calling peace loving people to draw together with determination and unity, honoring Sen McCain's lifelong dedication to his country and the world.

What can we do? For my part, I will warn my representatives at every level, do not dig in your partisan party heels. Rather, unite to solve problems for the common good and leave this world a better place. Work together to provide the people clean air and water, health care for all, violence prevention efforts, an educated workforce, well-funded and strong public schools, advancement of science, living wages, freedom to practice any or no religion, freedom from bigotry, fair and unbiased elections, a judiciary free from partisan politics, to name a few. If they refuse to do so, I will elect leaders who will.

It seems a majority of likely voters, polled Aug. 23-28 by USA Today and Suffolk University Boston say they hold an unfavorable view of the president while 40 percent hold an unfavorable view. The president's unfavorable number, 58 percent, rose by six points since last June.

By extension, I would take it the same is true of legislators who support this president's policies and those who for the eight years of President Obama's two terms, at their party leaders demand, refused to compromise rather than advance the welfare of our country.

Voting Nov. 6 is a good first step toward building a governing body of leaders such as John McCain, maverick for the people.